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Libyan coast guard intercepts more than 200 migrants bound for Europe off the coast of Libya

On Friday, the Libyan coast guard intercepted more than 200 migrants heading to Europe off the coast of Libya, according to a United Nations spokeswoman.

Safa Mesehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, said on Twitter that migrants are expected to be sent to Libyan detention centers, where they are often subjected to "extortion and abuse," as she put it.

So far this year, Libyan authorities have detained more than 11,000 migrants "in appalling conditions," according to Safaa.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of migrants have reached Europe either alone or rescued from the sea, with thousands drowning on the way.